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post #1 of 25 Old 01-08-2013, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Barrel saddles that throw you forward

What type of barrel saddles throw you forward? What seats/stirrup combos? I am looking for a new saddle and obviously I cant ride around in a new one to see what I like. But I also want my new saddle to be comfy for a couple hour rides as well and I do NOT want to feel like im being thrown forward all the time. I posted a few different saddles to show you what im talking about (if any of this makes since haha) I just grabbed a few saddles off the internet these are not ones I am dead set on getting, just to give you an idea

This vs (more "shape" to the seat)


Something like this (a more "flat" seat)



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post #2 of 25 Old 01-08-2013, 09:16 PM
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Why do you want pushed forward in a barel saddle? We always go for the deepest seat. The top one would be my choice for a barrel saddle out of the three you shown. Maybe I just didn't understand the question correctly though...,
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Sorry if it was confusing, I DO NOT want to be thrown forward but I have heard that barrel saddles can do that
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Any of those type of seats I've had no problem with, but the deeper the seat the less likely hood you'll be thrown forward. I had an HR saddle for a bit, it was completely flat on the seat. Very uncomfortable for long rides and threw me forward at times. I've heard good things about Merril saddles and I've been eyeing the Triple Creek saddles as far a deep seat goes. My personal saddle is a treeless but I've been looking for a treed for my colt.
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Thank you for your response, I am just so worried about ordering a saddle over the internet, I just recently had a saddle fitter out to ensure the fit for my gelding and I know what to look for (of coarse if it didn't fit him I would send it back) but now comes in my part on being comfy as well as him. Maybe ill have to check out the triple creeks to see what you have been looking at
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In my experience, barrel saddles do not throw YOU forward, it helps to put your seat in a more forward position (aka "go" to most barrel horses).

Otherwise, I'd say just get any type of saddle to run in that'll be comfy for whatever else you like to do. I run in a roping saddle, and I see no difference in my times between a barrel or roper. I can ride in it all day as well, comfiest saddle Ive had the pleasure of sitting my lazy bum in :p haha
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Im looking into a barrel saddle because I want to start lessons this spring/summer for barrels (iv dabbled with them in the past), my gelding has an unbelievably short back I might only be able to look at round skirted saddles, and who wants to lift 40-50lbs when you don't have too ;) I currently have a barrel saddle now and I like it but it doesn't fit my horse so time for a new one! But I want myself to be comfy as well as the horse!
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My roper doesnt even weight 40..lol.
But, have you ever ridden in a barrel saddle? I'be found that they come very close comfort-wise to my roper and the seat shape isnt much different. You may have to just relax a bit more on the trails, but is that such a bad thing? Lol :p
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I own a barrel saddle but im looking for a new barrel saddle and before I buy I thought I would get peoples opinions.
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Personally I have had throwing forward experiences with Corriente saddles and Martin saddles (the barrel racing model that is NOT the Crown C...).

For me it is the stirrup style...the Corriente have freer hung stirrups and when a horse rates hard it throws my feet back and I can't recover and get them back forward. I like a saddle thats stirrups are hung more forward like the Double Js and Triple Creeks (LOVE how the TCs have a forward hung stirrup and allow me to sit deep when a horse rates, but also allows me to get back up when leaving.)

Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
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